How can you know if you need a knee replacement?

Pain. If you have pain on a daily basis, the pain prevents you from doing things you would ordinarily do. If you have tried or oral anti-inflammatories and injections with cortizone (hydrocortisone) and they have not helped. You should also have x-rays that show advanced degenerative joint disease.
When U have decided. If ur x-ray r bad and u r in pain & had enough, then it's up 2 u 2 decide if want 2 have it done.

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Why would your doctor give you a shot of celestone/lidocaine as a diagnose to determine if you need a knee replacement?

Knee replacement. The doctor may have wanted to give you some pain relief. However, usually the decision is made by xrays, physical exam and symptoms. Read more...
Knee injection. The knee can be caused by arthritis, ligament injury, tendon tears, muscle strain ... The steroid injection is primarily used for knee pain. It's not commonly used to determine if you need a knee replacement. Please see a pain management doctor or orthopedic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. Read more...
Pain relief response. The amount of pain relief in response to a therapeutic cortisone injection can help predict the pain relief with surgery, i.e. Knee replacement. If no pain relief at all, then unlikely that surgery would be beneficial in resolving the pain. If good resolution of pain, but only temporary, then good prognostic sign that surgery will provide longer lasting pain relief. Read more...

Told I need a knee replacement. What are my options?

Many. Understand your problem and get a second opinion. Discuss options such as injections (steroid vs non-steroid), arthroscopy, osteotomy, and partial knee replacement vs total knee replacement. Other less likely option may include cartilage transplantation. Read more...
Depends... Hopefully, if your surgeon has told you that a knee replacement is necessary, you have exhausted all other treatments. Activity modification, nsaid's like ibuprofen, injection therapy with steroids(commonly referred to as cortisone), and lubricating-type shots(rooster comb) should be ineffective before considering surgery. Don't let somenone tell you when you are ready, you will know. Read more...
Need? The decision to proceed with knee replacement should be based on an accurate history, physical exam and x-rays. If conservative measures like activity modification. Therapy, weight loss, medications and injections have not been helpful, you should consider tkr if the pain interferes with things you have to do or things you want to do. It's about quality of life. Read more...
Biologic Knee Joint. It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement. This is called a biologic knee replacement. Read more...
Pills or operation. 1) observe for awhile, decision is based on function and pain. It you are happy and functioning well, no treatment. 2) medicaitons analgesics or anti-inflammatories; help with the pain but do not change the function. They lose their efficacy with time 3) injections cortisone of visco supplementation give pretty good temporary relief. 4) joint replacement alleviates pain and increases functio. Read more...
Good advice. There are too many unknown variables to answer your question in this format. The best advice i can give you is to discuss the options with an orthopaedic surgeon you trust. If you have seen an orthopaedic surgeon and don't feel comfortable then seek a second opinion from a surgeon with a good reputation who performs tka and/or one who is referred to you by a satisfied patient. Read more...
Visionaire system. I am currently using the visionaire custom knee replacement for most of my patients which i feel provides you with the most sophisticated replacement surgery available today. Read more...

I need a knee replacement. Do you think II should have both knees done at same time. One hurts worst then the other but I am worried.

It's possible. You have to have the talk with your surgeon. Most if the time they recommend one at a time. When you have both done at the same time the recovery is more difficult but then it's over. If you are in very good physical shape, healthy, low surgical risk and are absolutely sure you want to do both then go for it. My mother did at your age so she wouldn't miss a summer of golf! . Read more...

I need a knee replacement so my otto gave me painkillers till I go but lately I had a lot of pain so it says take 1to 2 every 4 hrs for pa?

Ice. Try to limit the pain killers. Usually an absolute max is 8/day. It depends on the drug and the strength. Cold packs for 15-20 minutes at a time can help. There are many different meds to try if the 1 you are using is not effective. Read more...
Question cut off. You may use the med as prescribed - sounds like 2 pills every four hours. I suspect this was a narcotic med combined with acetaminophen. Be careful not to exceed 4000 mg of Acetaminophen daily. 650 mg of tylenol 6 times a day would generally be safe for short periods of time. Read more...

I have a mild ache in my knee and it makes a popping noise on extension, will I need a knee replacement?

No. Your "need' for a knee replacement depends entirely upon you and how you are feeling. Knee replacements are used for people with severe arthritis that have been unable to control their pain with a lot of different non-surgical treatments. The pain is typically severe enough that it interferes with their daily activities. After a good discussion with your surgeon, surgery can then be considered. Read more...
Probably not. The most likely reason for your symptoms is patellofemoral disease (kneecap/femur). There are many factors as to whether or not a knee replacement is needed, but, a mild ache would not indicate the need for knee replacement. A knee replacement is done for much more extensive symptoms than what you describe. Read more...